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PFB Picks: Laying Out Our Predictions for OSU’s Tilt with Texas Tech



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The Cowboys are back in Stilly this weekend to host the Red Raiders on what has the potential to be a high-scoring affair. On the line for the Pokes is an undefeated start and the chance to stay in the driver’s seat to Arlington. For Tech, it’s a chance to bounce back from last week’s loss to K-State and stay relevant in the Big 12 race.

The Pistols Firing staff convened to share our predictions for Saturday’s score and how we see things playing out.

Marshall Scott

Score: OSU 42 | Texas Tech 31

Thoughts: This has trap game all over it, to me. OSU is coming off a big win, everyone is patting the Cowboys’ backs and all of a sudden a Texas Tech team that is good in the quick passing game (a weakness of OSU’s defense) is coming to Stillwater. I think OSU wins because it’s the better team, and I think it’s by double digits because the Cowboys have won by double digits all season. But, it might take an interception to two from whichever Tech quarterback plays to allow OSU fans to breath easy.

Kyle Boone

Score: OSU 44 | Texas Tech 14

Thoughts: OSU has been a force at home the last few years under Mike Gundy and with Texas Tech coming to town as nearly double-digit dogs, I’m banking on that trend to continue. This OSU team is playing with a ton of confidence right now after handling Baylor in Waco last week and the arrow is pointing up as key players like Jaden Bray continue to get healthy. In front of a sold-out crowd with a chance to showcase themselves as clear top-10 contenders, I like the Cowboys to roll — and to roll big. Should be a great spot to see where this defense is at right now. Holding them to under 20 would be big in instilling confidence not just in that unit, but in the eyes of fans who might be skeptical about the defense post-Jim Knowles.

Kyle Cox

Score: OSU 42 | Texas Tech 35

Thoughts: Unlike last year’s 23-zip shutout in Lubbock, this one feels like it will more resemble a classic OSU-Tech shootout. I think the Red Raiders will take advantage of a still-gelling OSU secondary but that the Cowboys will make enough plays to pull ahead at the end. Pokes by a touchdown.

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